SpongeBob SquarePants voice actor’s wife clarifies he’s not the one dating Ariana Grande

Written by on July 24, 2023

(EW) – As reported last weekAriana Grande does appear to be dating a SpongeBob SquarePants actor — but not the original. Following her split from husband Dalton Gomez after a two-year marriage, Grande is reportedly dating her Wicked costar Ethan Slater. She plays Glinda in the film, while Slater plays Boq.

Slater did originate the title role in the SpongeBob SquarePants Broadway musical, even earning a Tony nomination for his performance. But he didn’t voice the character in the classic animated series — since he was born in 1992 and the show started airing in 1999. Still, some people online have gotten confused, thanks to headlines like The Cut‘s: “Is Ariana Grande Dating Spongebob Now?” Many commenters, undoubtedly more familiar with the cartoon than the musical, assumed this referred to the original voice actor, comedian Tom Kenny. Not so!

Voice actor Jill Talley attempted to set the record straight on Instagram. In a since-deleted message (screenshotted by TMZ), Talley wrote, “Hi everyone, I’m married to Tom Kenny (who voices SpongeBob on the TV show). He is not dating Ariana Grande. I don’t know if Ethan Slater (who played SpongeBob in the musical) is or isn’t dating Ariana Grande. However, they’re both adorable and I totally ship it. Just wanted to set the record straight.”

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